Animated Fragments is our semi-regular feature of animation tests, experiments, micro-shorts, and other bits of cartoon flotsam that doesn’t fit into other categories. To view the previous 25 installments, go to the Fragments archive.
Today the Annecy International Animated Film Festival announced the feature film selections for their 2014 edition. Eighteen films were selected—nine in competition and nine out of competition. A total of 68 animated features were submitted this year.
Next Wednesday, the animated duo of Jeff Twiller and Randy J. Johnson will host their own animated film screening in Brooklyn. It’s a legit line-up of animated shorts, with perceptive cinematic commentary supplied inbetween the films by Twiller and Johnson. Thankfully, they happen to be animation experts.
Following Sylvain Chomet’s first-class “Simpsons” opening, I didn’t expect any animator to top it creatively—and certainly not so soon after. I’ve never been happier to be wrong.
After a relatively quiet stretch, John Kricfalusi (“Ren & Stimpy”) is popping up everywhere nowadays: at the front “Simpsons” episodes, behind Miley Cyrus, and now, in your milkshake machine.
Animation artist Jamie Baker (“UP,” “WALL·E,” “Finding Nemo”) has written a hilarious and detailed account of what it was like to work as an artist in Taiwan in the mid-1980s. Spoiler—it was weird:
“Feast,” a new short by “Paperman” head of animation Patrick Osborne, will debut at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 10, Disney announced this morning.
India’s first 3-D mo-cap CGI feature, “Kochadaiiyaan,” will open on May 9th. By Western feature animation quality standards, it looks unwatchable, but perhaps it’s considered acceptable in India.
Two bodies, giants almost naked, advance slowly to a circle of clay. This graphic experience features the expressiveness of their bodies which are to repeat a sumo ritual. The two wrestlers are fighting in a lightning way through each of their deeds, which are the direct expression of their most exposed being.
The most fascinating bit of news out of WonderCon last weekend? Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa (“Mind Game”) has storyboarded and directed an upcoming episode of “Adventure Time.”